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. >> good evening once again. start this half hour in washington where less than a month to go now until u.s. could face massive spending cuts and tax increases known as the fiscal cliff. they are talking about it in washington. today congressional republicans put forward alternative to the president plan. but tonight we are no closer to a deal. political reporter mark matthews explains what that means. >> san francisco cafe owner has been watching the cliff creep closer an hoping for rest logs. >> because if they don't it's going to be really tough. >>reporter: he's talking about employees. see the income taxes increase by a couple of thousands dollars. >> cost of living is really high and tough to make it especially in the city like san francisco. >>reporter: if congress and president can't reach an agreement income taxes will go up on nearly all americans. average family will be paying an extra 2000 to 2400 dollars a year. automatic spending cuts mean cuts to education. transportation. research and development. there's proposal to up airline fee that is could raise 1 billion do
of washington. susan rice has pulled her name out of consideration to be the secretary of state. withdrawal remavs a major source of tension between the white house and congressional republicans. here's tm jake tapper. >> in a letter to the president today u.s. ambassador to the united nations susan rice wrote quote the posts of secretary of state should never be politica political. i'm sad we have reached this point even before you have decided whom to nominate. and she shared the news on nbc. >> i didn't want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged. very politica political, very distracting. very disruptive because there are so many things we need to get done as a country. >>reporter: just weeks ago rice tough smart rising star in the obama administration was the president's top choice to serve as next secretary of state. but she grew a lightning storm of republican criticism for repeating talking points on the intelligence community that seemed to critic to down play the terrorist attack on the diplomatic compound in libya. >> what this began as was spontaneous. >> th
legally married same sex couple across the nation. an thousands or more to come soon with washington and mayor listened and maine having marriage equality now. >>reporter: san francisco city attorney is part of the legal team arguing against prop 8. >> i am gratified and confident very confident that the supreme court which is now going to be taking up the civil rights issue of our time will reach the same result that the district court did and the 9th circuit did and well find that proposition 8 unlawfully discriminates against gay lesbian couple here in the state of california. >>reporter: in sacramento this afternoon a spokesman for supporters of proposition 8 is confident the hay court will support the ban on same sex marriage. >> i expect 4 or 5 justices to uphold proposition 8. why? because the constitution of the united states doesn't have marriage in it. and 10th amendment says what is not in the federal powers belongs to the state. >> high court 0could go either way. lawyers trying to turn over prop 8 said they will argue very broad argument before the high court that t
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